Spent the day off and on meal planning for the month of November. Looking at what we’ve got going on this month, I am prepared for 18 meals. If anything ends up being left over, it will just move to the next month.
I create a shopping list based on the 18 meals that I have chosen. One shopping list is for all the meat and nonperishables for the month as well as the produce and dairy for the first week of the month. I plan on doing this tomorrow, so I’l try to remember and do a post about the shopping trip. I go ahead and make a list of the produce for each week of the month, so I can just grab that on Saturdays, get the produce and go. So just one big shopping trip.
As I’ve said before, I don’t plan leftover meals. Dan, Sarah and I always bring the leftovers from the night before to lunch the next day, so we don’t usually have many leftovers.
Each week I try to have a chicken, beef, pork, veggie, and soup recipe just so we don’t feel like we’re having the same thing over and over.
My recipes for this month are:
1) Jack Daniels honey barbeque wings with oven fries: http://www.chocolatemoosey.com/2013/10/20/jack-daniels-honey-barbecue-baked-chicken-wings/
2) Grilled sweet potato and veggie skewers: http://www.ahintofhoney.com/2011/06/grilled-sweet-potato-and-vegetable/
3) Wild rice and chicken casserole: This is absolutely delicious! I’m making it this coming Wednesday, so I’ll post the recipe. I made it for my friend Rachel that just had surgery and she loved it. Makes a great freezer recipe!
4) PW Sour Cream Noodle Bake: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/sour-cream-noodle-bake/
5) Pork Chops and PW roasted acorn squash: For the pork chops, I’l just season them with salt, pepper, and maybe do some bread crumbs and bake them.
6) Crockpot pasta fagioli:
7) Grilled steak with roasted cauliflower: Nothing fancy when it comes to the steak…
8) Lemon paprika chicken thighs:
9) Pork fried rice: this is my mother-in-law’s recipe. I can post the night I cook it.
10) Spaghetti using spaghetti squash:
11) Crockpot chickpea, butternut squash and lentil stew: http://www.eatliverun.com/crock-pot-chickpea-butternut-squash-and-red-lentil-stew/
12) Crockpot tomato and basil soup with grilled cheese sandwiches: http://randomthoughtsandthrills.blogspot.com/2012/01/recipe-tomato-basil-parmesan-soup.html
13) Tacos: you know… ground beef, taco seasoning, crunchy shells, sour cream, cheese….
14) Grilled chicken with roasted brussel sprouts: I will probably just marinate the chicken in olive oil, salt/pepper, and lemon juice prior to grilling. The brussel sprouts are just basic roasted with bacon (because it’s delicious)
15) Crockpot zuppa toscano: http://getcrocked.com/2011/10/23/slow-cooker-zuppa-toscana-copycat/
16) Balsamic skirt steak with polenta and tomatoes: http://www.marthastewart.com/313695/balsamic-skirt-steak-with-polenta-and-ro
17) Crockpot butternut squash, quinoa, and chicken stew: http://www.cookincanuck.com/2011/11/hearty-chicken-stew-with-butternut-squash-quinoa-recipe/
18) Crockpot roast: This is your basic potato, carrots, and onion with beef broth. I use a McCormick roast seasoning pack.
The Shopping List
SOOOO….based on all this, I made a huge shopping list. I go through each recipe and write down what it needs. I also add in our needs for household stuff, special events, etc.
After I hit the grocery store tomorrow, I will let you know how it goes. Wish me luck….I think I may try Walmart for some of the things…..yikes.